This week I encountered 3 blogs exploring HonorShame realities in relation to vocation, Asian-American theology, and gender mutuality. They all got me thinking in new directions for developing a truly Christian theology for honor-shame contexts. Enjoy the reading, and join the conversations!
1- “Honor, Shame, and Vocation
” by Laura Merzig Fabrycky
of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture.
Lots of good questions from years of living in the Arab world, so join the conversation there!
- What does the concept of vocation mean for persons in an honor culture?
- In what ways can we use our vocations to confer honor and dignity upon others?
2- “A Better Gospel for Chinese People and Asian Cultures”
by DJ Chuang
. As an Asian-American he asks how to meaningful present the gospel to Chinese-Americans and other Asian cultures. Any thoughts?
3- “The ‘Shame’ of the Unnamed Women of the OT” at NewLife blog. How do we understand patriarchy and ‘nameless’ women in the OT, in a way that rightly honors all people?
Also, Jackson Wu often explores HonorShame in biblical theology and Chinese Christianity, with great depth and insight. Check out the “Romans 23 Principle”, and be sure to subscribe!
NEXT: To continue the previous serious How Narratives Subvert Honor Codes, the next blogs will explore Jesus’ subversive parable about an honorable father with 2 sons.